Facebook: Innovation Of Loneliness?

Facebook: Innovation Of Loneliness?

Facebook. Momwyn.

Sometimes my mom and I have a conversation that goes a lot like this:


“Bronwyn…Honey. Were you on Facebook again?”


“Bronwyn, you know that studies show that Facebook depresses people. Why don’t you go update your LinkedIn profile?”


I tend to trust the advice that Momwyn gives me. She’s an expert brand strategist and a pretty impressive innovative thinker.

When it comes to social media, however, I like to fancy myself an expert. So where are all these FEELS coming from?

  • Could it be that the social network that I was “raised” on is the bane of my existence?
  • Could reports that Facebook is losing large percentages of active users on the daily actually be true?
  • Is LinkedIn less depressing than Facebook?

Could it really be that moms are always right?

As of right now, all signs are pointing towards yes, and on a much grander scale then we are all probably willing to admit.

According to Shimi Cohen, Sherry Turkle, and Dr. Yair Amichai-Hamburgers, the issue isn’t Facebook specific.

Apparently, modern society’s obsession with constant connection and technology-based interaction are destroying the fabric of socializing in Western culture.

Watch this video.

The Innovation of Loneliness from Shimi Cohen on Vimeo.

Now, ask yourself two questions:

First: Does social media perpetuate feelings of loneliness?
Two: Are moms always right?

What do you think? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you (mom, you stay out).

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